Partnership For Inclusive Agricultural Transformation In Africa (PIATA)

What is PIATA?

PIATA is a unique strategic partnership launched in 2017 that enables African agriculture actors to do business differently as they support leaders to drive an inclusive agricultural transformation. The innovative partnership is driving integrated delivery within agro-economic zones and across value chains, enhanced in-country coordination to leverage wider investments and deliberate engagement with private sector to build sustainable systems that will transition agriculture from subsistence into a business that works.
PIATA members include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) as the implementing partner through its alliance of partners. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has recently joined the partnership and brings greater focus on regional food markets and food trade through policy predictability and market systems development. The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ is currently a non-voting member and a resource partner, co-financing AGRA’s strategy in Burkina Faso and Ghana.
PIATA signals an enduring commitment to Africa’s transformation. Through PIATA, partners are supporting African countries to deliver on the Malabo Declaration commitments and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed to by African heads of state and governments. Under PIATA, the partners commit to a shared results framework aligned to CAADP and with country operations aligned to the countries own overall vision and national agriculture planning.

Objectives

PIATA aims to leverage the full complement of tools, systems, knowledge, and resources of partners to a common goal of catalyzing and sustaining an inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households. The 11 priority countries include: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The partnership advances the following four strategic objectives essential to inclusive agricultural transformation:
• Increased staple crop productivity; • Strengthened and expanded access to national and regional markets; • Increased capacity of smallholder farming households and agricultural systems to better prepare for and adapt to shocks and stresses; • Strengthened continental, regional, and government multi-sectoral coordination and mutual accountability in the agricultural sector.
These are driven by a number of intermediate and in some cases crosscutting outcomes including strengthening the policy environment, increasing youth and women’s empowerment, securing public private partnerships and farmer capacity.

Who is in PIATA?

PIATA was initially formed by for leading organizations in African Agriculture: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition to the founding partners, the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ is currently a non-voting member and a resource partner, co-financing AGRA’s strategy in Burkina Faso and Ghana. DFID is an incoming member and resource partner with a focus on promoting regional food markets and food trade through policy predictability and market systems development.

At its onset in September 2016, the partnership provided up to U.S. $280 million to catalyze and sustain inclusive agricultural transformation in at least 11 countries in Africa. BMZ provided additional resources of EUR 10 million for co-financing AGRA’s strategy in Burkina and Ghana. The partnership actively seeks to align efforts with development partners at country and regional level. Other partners may join the PIATA formally in time.

PIATA aims to leverage the full complement of tools, systems, knowledge, and resources of partners to a common goal of catalyzing and sustaining an inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households. The 11 priority countries include: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

PIATA pulls these partners together in ways that help catalyze and sustain a transformation at scale while attracting other public and private players in the agriculture landscape to join and work together to support Africa on a path to prosperity through agricultural transformation.

How does it work?

Through the PIATA Advisory Committee (PAC) and the Country Advisory Committees (CAC), PIATA pulls together these partners in ways that foster alignment and coordinated action. This modality
aims to support transformation at scale while attracting other public and private players in the agriculture landscape to join and work together to support Africa on a path to prosperity through agricultural transformation.
It supports and complements existing national, regional and continental bodies and initiatives by providing the necessary support to play their role in supporting countries to deliver on the Malabo commitments. It works through AGRA’s full business model of grantmaking, consultancies, technical assistance, partnerships, communications and convening.
The ultimate hope is that the PIATA model will attract other public and private players in the agriculture landscape to join and work together to support Africa on a path to prosperity through agricultural transformation. PIATA partners include governments, implementing partners, continental bodies among others.

Why PIATA?

Sustaining and scaling progress in the sector will require greater political, policy, and financing commitments from across the public and private sector, as well as a stronger vision and approach for how all actors can work better together. It is clear that increasing the level of financing into the sector is not enough without coordinated action.
This is right moment for the partnership for African agriculture. The continent is ripe for transformation. Many of the technologies, practices and policies needed for transformation are known, and just need to be taken to scale. Broad and sustained economic growth across the continent had led to significant increases in public and private investment. Many countries and their leaders are increasingly taking ownership of their own national plans for agricultural transformation for broader economic growth. With this base, rapid progress is possible if all actors are able to work together to help smallholders take advantage of this moment.

Select achievements to date

As of May 2019, AGRA - the main implementing partner of PIATA, has committed $130 million worth of investments across all 11 priority countries and for support to continental agencies.
These investments, together with AGRA’s technical assistance and partnerships have resulted in:
• 3.3 million farmers (50% youth - 18-35 years; 67% male; and 33% female) reached
• Support to 3,399 SMEs (including 247 women-owned enterprises) and 1,990 agrodealers in 24 consortia that offer services to these farmers.
• 5,215 village based advisors recruited and trained to provide extension services to the farmers.
• 27,000MT of seeds and 435,000MT of fertilizer sold to farmers by the SMEs
• Farmers accessing $113 million in loans from financial institutions by farmers to boost their production. 31 financial institutions supported to provide financial services to farmers.
• Sale of 511,000 MT of produce valued at $94 million by farmers
• SMEs leveraging $37 million in private investment in agricultural value chains.
• Support to Ghana and Kenya to design and execute a flagship and strategy respectively. $262 million mobilized towards Ghana’s Flagship – Planting for Food and Jobs
• Ongoing work to address 58 policy constraints across 11 countries.
• Convening of the annual African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), the world’s premier platform on African agriculture
1. Attended by 2,000+ participants drawn from Africa and around the world
• 10 current & former Heads of State attended the 2018 edition
• 15+ ministers of agriculture
• 79 countries represented including 41 African nations
2. 300 Keynote speakers, panelists and moderators in 55 sessions
3. Mobilize billions of dollars worth of private and public sector investment commitments in agriculture

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